These facts might surprise you. According to research studies, 85% of pregnant women can have a non-medicated natural birth while only the remaining 15% require medical interventions such as a C-section. But, statistically, one in three pregnant women (more than 30%) goes through a C-section.
It has also become common for women to choose C-section to get away from pain and anxiety during labor. But, a C-section could pose complications in the future, and take extended days of recovery, unlike a normal delivery.
In this post, MomJunction discusses the goodness of normal delivery and how you can go through it with ease.
What Is Normal Delivery?
Normal delivery is a natural way of bringing the baby into this world. It is not difficult to have a natural and normal childbirth unless you have some medical conditions. Moreover, the natural birth process helps in having a healthy baby and recovering quickly for the new mom.
Though there is no formula or shortcut to have a normal delivery, some measures can improve your chances of having a healthy and natural delivery.
What Factors Improve Your Chances Of A Normal Delivery?
Certain factors determine your ability to have a normal delivery. They may not guarantee a 100% result though. You will have increased chances if:
- You had a normal vaginal delivery in your previous pregnancies.
- You do not have any underlying health issues, such as asthma, which may aggravate during pregnancy and labor.
- You have an ideal weight, as being overweight could increase the chances of having a large baby and lower the chances of normal delivery.
- Your pregnancy is going smoothly without any complications.
- You are physically active all through your pregnancy. The more physically fit you are, the higher are the chances of a normal birth.
- Your physiological conditions including blood pressure, blood sugar, and hemoglobin are in control.
The above are the general health factors during pregnancy that influence your chances of having a normal delivery. But when the due date is approaching, your body sends some signals that it is ready for a natural birth.
Signs And Symptoms Of Normal Delivery:
Changes may occur a few weeks before the expected due date. And your doctor asks you to be on the lookout for these signs as they indicate labor. However, the signs may vary from one woman to another and from pregnancy to pregnancy.
Pre-labor signs and symptoms that appear one to four weeks before labor:
- Lack of coordination in movements as the baby descends lower into the pelvic region
- Loosened joints as relaxin hormone softens and loosens the ligaments and joints in the pelvic area
- Urge to urinate frequently as the baby’s head presses against the urinary bladder
- Braxton Hick’s contractions, the false contractions that develop before the real labor
- Cramping and pain in the lower back as the joints and muscles stretch and become active for the nearing labor
- Dilation of the cervix, which is noted by your doctor during the prenatal checkup
- Watery stools as the rectal muscles begin to relax for the delivery
Early labor signs and symptoms that appear days or hours before labor:
- Vaginal discharge increases and becomes thicker in consistency
- Parts of mucus plug get eliminated every time you urinate; look for pinkish and thick mucus as this is an important sign of nearing labor
- More frequent and stronger contractions that progress with time
- Cramping and pain in the lower back that radiates to abdomen and legs
- Water breaking, i.e., the rupture of the amniotic sac
Once you observe these signs, make sure to have your partner or any other person near you to monitor your condition.
Advanced Labor Signs And Symptoms:
- Warm sensation in the abdomen
- Increasing contractions
- Severe pains from contractions that continue for almost 40 to 60 seconds
- Intensifying back pain
- Vaginal bleeding
- While some women go straight into advanced labor, some others may undergo all of this discomfort associated with normal delivery.
And there are several discomforts that are a part of the normal delivery. So…